Trick or treat paddling on the Huron River canceled this year

ANN ARBOR – One of Ann Arbor’s most special Halloween activities has been canceled this year.

The city’s trick or treat paddle on the Huron River in Gallup Park will not continue due to the ongoing staff shortage, Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation said in a communiqué.

“Unfortunately, after evaluating the availability of staff and operating capacities, we decided that the Trick Or Treat paddle on the Huron River, which normally takes place in Gallup Park, must be canceled,” the statement said.

Employees hand out treats during the Trick or Treat Paddle in Gallup Park on October 14, 2018. (Meredith Bruckner)

Ann Arbor Parks & Rec struggled with record-low headcount this year.

Both the pools at Buhr Park and Veterans Memorial Park closed early for the season this year after struggling to hire and retain lifeguards.

During the Trick or Treat Paddle, participants will receive a card with tidbits around Gallup Pond, where staff dress up as ghouls, ghosts, witches and more and hand out goodies.


“Staff look forward to hopefully hosting this event in 2022,” said Parks & Recreation officials.

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